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Architecting Cultural Spaces: The Past, Present & Many Futures of Digital Humanities

This presentation addresses the evolution of the technologies of virtual representation in the humanities. Using project case studies from a decade of experience in this field, the presentation highlights the ways in which these technologies both enforce and challenge traditional ideas of what the study of art and culture is or should be. The paper examines the evolution of simple virtual representation to modeled reconstruction and deconstruction and thence to virtual replacement of artifacts and reenactment of narrative. The presentation concludes with a look forward to massively multi-user virtual community spaces that permit a participatory experience of cultural heritage and towards the application of high-performance computing in the humanities.